Last week I had the privilege to appear on “Be Bold America” with Dr. Pettis Perry and Jill Cody. We discussed the current climate of our nation as protestors are taking to the streets and the pandemic continues. Our society is undesirable and frightening. We are experiencing a dystopian America. Great injustice abounds and large segments of the American population are suffering. This creates “Collective Trauma”. In this interview we’ll discuss what “Collective Trauma” is and how it manifests. We’ll go over the four types of aftereffects of trauma and… Read More »“Be Bold America!” Interview
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What about those who may be quarantined? Is there anything they should know about coming out of quarantine as it relates to mental health? It can be stressful to be separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19. This is true even if you do not get sick. Therefore, you’ll probably experience a lot of emotions during quarantine. What you may not think about is that you’ll also experience a lot of emotions coming out of quarantine. Everyone feels differently after coming out… Read More »What about those who may be quarantined?
Are there signs parents should be watching out for during COVID-19? Yes there are. Even the youngest kids can feel stress and anxiety. Excessive crying or irritation in younger children. Just like we tend to get grumpy when we’re upset, children do too. They may have a harder time expressing their feelings though. Be patient with them. Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting). It’s common for children to regress when something is wrong emotionally. Be patient with them. Excessive worry or sadness. These are… Read More »Are there signs parents should be watching out for during COVID-19?
Mental health and children during COVID-19. This is an important topic. Parents may be asking if there’s anything they should be doing for their kids mental health during COVID-19. The answer is yes. Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. This is going to be especially important for parents during this time. You must remain calm to help keep your children calm. When parents and caregivers deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. It’s… Read More »Mental health and children during COVID-19
How much news is too much news during COVID-19? We all want to stay up to date with the latest information. But sometimes that comes at a cost. Watching too much news during COVID-19 can cause extra stress or anxiety in some people. Stress and anxiety can cause both emotional and physical symptoms. Here’s some ways to know if you’re watching too much news. If you start to feel stress or anxiety while watching/reading the news. – This is a big indicator that you’re watching too much news. We’re in… Read More »How much news is too much news during COVID-19?
Today we’re going to talk about the importance of taking time during COVID-19. It is so important for helping professionals to take time. But it’s not just healthcare professionals, but everyone during this time. While we are home let’s take advantage of being still. This has been a very frustrating week. I think realized something was wrong when I was forgetting the alarm code to my home. I realized I was emotionally, mentally, physically drained. I was coming home after work and going to sleep for two-three hours. I’m learning… Read More »The Importance of Taking Time During COVID-19